The Other Side of Medical Student Mistreatment: Teaching Cultural Competency Across the Generational Divide

Nathalie L. Feldman, Judith L. Lewis, Charmaine K. Patel, Sean F. Ackerman, Alison K. Howe, David Y. Harari, Katherine M. Evans, David C. Adams

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Introduction: Medical student mistreatment continues to be a significant problem despite increased awareness and longitudinal efforts to address the issue. Through audience discussions of a previously published film depicting learner mistreatment, we identified challenges created by student behaviors that negatively impact the learning environment. In addition, the need to address cultural competency in a multigenerational clinical environment became apparent. Methods: We created a film of three vignettes based on perspectives shared in focus groups by faculty, residents, nurses, and staff who work with medical students. We used this film to develop student and faculty curricula elucidating generational differences in behaviors and expectations while also exploring the learner's role in creating a more positive learning environment. Results: Our film was presented to medical education professionals at faculty development workshops and meetings, clerkship students at orientation sessions, residents as part of residents-as-teachers curricula, and faculty at departmental grand rounds. Evaluation data from 176 students and 42 faculty showed that a majority of our participants believed the film accurately reflected challenges they faced in the learning environment and felt better equipped to address them. Discussion: Film is an effective way to stimulate discussion about complex interactions in the clinical learning environment. Divergent perspectives on behaviors depicted in the film served as a stimulus to create targeted curricula for faculty and student education. Stimulating dialogue through film may enhance understanding and empathy among disparate groups, which is likely to be a necessary step for lasting change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10847
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - Oct 25 2019


  • Case-Based Learning
  • Clinical Teaching/Bedside Teaching
  • Film Curriculum
  • Generational Competence
  • Learning Environment
  • Mistreatment
  • Problem-Based Learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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